Industry Representative: Chris Durnford, Red Roofs
Industry Representative: Philip Morley, APS Salads
AHDB Horticulture Cost: £158,424
Industry Representative: Simon Budge, Vitacress
AHDB Horticulture Cost: £59,088
Integrated pest management (IPM) is commonly used by UK pepper growers to manage a range of pests. Aphids are potentially serious pests causing direct feeding damage and producing honeydew on which sooty moulds may develop. Effective control of aphid pests is difficult due to the pests ability to rapidly reproduce, widespread resistance in some species to important groups of insecticide, limited range of effective insecticide controls currently available to growers and hyperparasitism (secondary parasites attacking biological controls) disrupting biological control programmes.
Guided by practical IPM practitioners, this project will collate current knowledge on aphid biology and controls, including insecticides, biopesticides and biological controls. The review will draw on experiences, products and techniques used in other crops and in other countries. This will highlight opportunities for improving control of aphids in pepper crops specifically and in doing so provide a model that will inform control of aphid pests in other sectors.